Charity Spotlight

Mercy HouseMercy House is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 by Father Jerome T. Karcher. In the last 12 months, Mercy House has helped nearly 600 individuals remain in their homes, served nearly 2,000 people at access centers, aided more than 3,600 in emergency shelter programs, transitioned more than 190 people out of temporary shelters, and facilitated permanent housing for over 400. Donate directly!

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Urban Community Outreach  serves the real-world needs of people looking to improve the quality of their lives. In addition to providing temporary shelter, regular meals, and essential personal care items, the economically disadvantaged are given access to a computer lab where they can search for permanent housing and employment online. They are also provided with document scanning services to upload important papers, saving them within their email so that they always have access in case the originals are lost.

A registered nurse helps by monitoring blood pressure and blood sugar levels, caring for inflicted wounds, and providing counsel regarding depression, and addiction issues. Clothing and camping supplies are distributed so that sleeping on the streets is a little warmer and more comfortable.

“We assist the homeless community with their basic human needs, and offer a way to ‘stay in touch’ with family, possible jobs leads and housing, etc. We need all of the help we can get,” says Arlene Mercer, Executive Director of Urban Community Outreach. “We are so thankful to No More Poverty for their support. We hope that, with their help, we can continue to help the underserved in the local community for years to come.”